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Chauffeur

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03-03-2019 11:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: oak arts and crafts humor question

A Big Green Egg followed us home about six months ago… I’m pleased to announce it has found it’s “forever home”.

We decided it needs a cart or table to make it feel more comfortable and more family friendly. I’ve been struggling with a design that will meet those objectives. There are some truly awesome carts and tables on the internet for inspiration, but none of them seemed quite right for our needs.

It took several weeks (as per the historical norm), but I woke up today with a vision and spent about 8 hours remembering how to use sketchup. Here’s what we came up with:

The counter-top will be granite (or possible concrete); the wood of choice is white oak. The three drawers are large enough to house the largest BGE accessories and grilling toys. The overall dimensions were derived from a commercially available weather cover.

The cool factor will be the mobility. The cart will have completely hidden casters. The casters will be placed in service by installing (and rotating) a lever on an operating mechanism on each end. It should raise the cart around 1”. The inspiration for this design feature came from woodshaver Tony C ’s project Workbench with retractable wheels .

The concept is complete, I’ve got some work to do on the structural internals. The egg weighs about 170 lbs and the granite pieces will close in at around 250 lbs.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

-- Dave, Texas


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jimintx

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 11:39 PM

I think it looks like it will be too nice to be outside! So much for rustic, right!?
I hope to see the finished product posted here. It will be a great build project.

Like you said, there are countless variations for these type of ceramic egg carts. I use my own in its original wrought iron stand with casters, which serves me well, and thus I doubt I will ever have the motivation to construct an alternate. These cookers are a lot of fun. Although, I have to say I never thought of them as being a member of the female gender.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-04-2019 12:39 AM

The cabinet drawing looks really nice. I can see how the wheels and the lift will all be out of sight. When finished this project will definitely have your family and friends talking about how cool your cart is.
I’m looking forward to more progress photos.
Thanks for the Kudos Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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jasonborthwick

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#3 posted 03-04-2019 12:40 AM

Chauffeur, that is going to be a nice Green egg cart. I have built a couple and was worried structural issues over time so I went with thru tenons by laminating 3 2×6’s and it has worked out well. My tops were slatted cypress but I have since poured concrete countertops on an outdoor kitchen a buddy and I are building and would tackle that anytime. Used MDF to make forms and pocket holed the sides. You could also make a void for the 17” circle to place the green egg. The cost savings over granite is great. If you decide to go that route we used quickcrete 5000+ with a plastisizer mixed in a 7 dollars a bag x6 bags for a 2” think by 24” deep by 9’ long minus the grill and burner voids. The countertop mix is between 25-45 dollars a bag plus shipping if not found locally. Here’s a couple picture of the projects I described.

Good luck on the project but I took a look at your completed projects and figured your not going to need it you have skill.

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Chauffeur

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#4 posted 03-04-2019 12:58 AM



Although, I have to say I never thought of them as being a member of the female gender.

- jimintx

lol. The OP will be edited match current standards on gender neutrality.

-- Dave, Texas

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PCDub

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#5 posted 03-04-2019 05:25 PM

Egg = germ cell of female animals

Just sayin’

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